Commercial Air Transport Operators

Commercial air transport operators, i.e. airlines and charter companies, are required to hold an air operator’s certificate (AOC) issued by the national aviation authority (NAA) of the state in which they have their ‘principle place of business’. Within Europe the rules for commerical air transport operators are Regulation (EC) No 965/2012. Operators also have to have an operating licence, granted in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008. The AOC relates to the technical aspects of running an airline, to ensure that passengers and third parties will be safe. The operating licence deals with the financial viability of the company.

In order to be granted an AOC an operator needs to demonstrate to the NAA that it complies with all the relevant requirements of the air operations regulation. This includes ‘part-ORO’, which defines the ‘organisational requirements’, i.e. how the company is run and ‘part-CAT’, the commercial air transport requirements, which specify how the aircraft are operated. Parts of ‘part-SPA’, relating to specific approvals will also be relevant.

For more information about the regulations see ‘Regulations for Air Operations and Air Crew training in Europe‘.

For information about the management system requirements for commercial air transport operators (including safety management systems and compliance monitoring) see ‘Management System Requirements‘.

For information about the process of applying for an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) see The AOC application process.

For information about choosing software to help run your management system see ‘Management System Software‘.

If you need help implementing a management system, showing compliance with regulations or applying for new approvals then please get in touch.